Peeta Takes Center Stage In This Hunger Games: Mockingjay TV Spot

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There’s been plenty of buildup towards The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, the beginning of the end of the lucrative dystopian teen franchise, including trailers, photos, posters, multiple viral strategies, and so much more. Thus far, the marketing has focused, and rightly so, on heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). This approach makes sense, she’s the center of the franchise, Suzanne Collins’ novels tell the story from her point of view, and Lawrence is one of the biggest movies stars in the world right now. But if you’ve ever sat back and said, “But what about Peeta, bro?” this new TV spot is for you.

We’re getting into some potentially spoiler-y territory for those of you who haven’t seen the last film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Considering how much money that movie made, there aren’t that many of you out there, but still, better safe than sorry.


These Terminator: Genisys Storyboards Show A Man Versus Machine Throwdown

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Terminator GenisysTerminator: Genisys doesn’t hit theaters until July 1, 2015, but this week has seen a flurry of activity surrounding the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring addition to the time travelling, robot-centric franchise. We’ve seen photos, heard some new plot details, and today, to round out your week and send you off into the weekend, we’ve got some storyboards of what looks like a badass battle to show you. And just for the hell of it, there are some more pictures to gawk at as well.

Whatever your take about the storyline that came out earlier in the week (reaction has been strong, with some fans practically screaming that they’re killing the series, while there have been more people than expected who seem to dig this out-of-left-field direction), we’re going to give this the benefit of the doubt and remain pretty damn excited. And the picture of Arnold as the grizzled, older T-800 that surfaced yesterday has a lot to do with that. It’s hard to look at that and not get at least a little bit excited.


Fifth Element Concept Art Brings A Sprawling Cityscape To Life

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Fifth1There were a lot of reasons to like Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element, from the quirky humor to the epic storyline to Mia Jovovich running around wearing a couple of strategically placed bandages. But the movie was also a visual wonder, serving up perhaps the most memorable future landscape since Blade Runner. One of the folks who helped design the world of The Fifth Element was comics artist Jean-Claude Mezieres. Much of his Fifth Element work has popped up on Imgur, showcasing sprawling future cityscapes, high-tech laboratories, and an early on the film’s unforgettable blue alien diva. (Some of the images are NSFW.)


Gadzooks, We’re Getting Shakespeare’s Version Of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

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PhantomMenaceShakesWhen it released in 1999, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace caused a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of fans cried out…and then kept crying out, turning the Internet into a collective therapy session where we bemoaned the besmirching of our fond childhood memories. Over the years there have been several attempts to re-edit the movie into a “good parts only” edition, but maybe what The Phantom Menace really needs is a touch of the Bard.

Author Ian Doescher first got our attention last year with the publication of William Shakespeare’s Star Wars. Cashing in on the literary mash-up trend that began with books such as Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars re-imagined George Lucas’ classic space opera as if written by Willy Shakes himself. And yea verily, we quite enjoyed the results, so we were tickled pink when Doescher soon followed his original book up with William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return, both published this year. Now, continuing to follow in Lucas’ footsteps, Doescher will go the prequel route with William Shakespeare’s The Phantom Menace, due out on April 15, 2015.


The Leftovers’ Damon Lindelof Says The Show Doesn’t Promise Viewers Any Answers

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LeftoversOutside of Michael Bay, I’d say Damon Lindelof is one of the guys fans most love to pile on. Just look at that resume: along with Carlton Cuse, he gave us a Lost ending that drove many fans into fits of rage. He was one of the writers who took Khan Noonien Singh down a very different path in Star Trek Into Darkness. He was also one of the screenwriters behind Ridley Scott’s divisive Prometheus, and on a flick where almost all the problems can be traced back to the script, that’s not a good thing. These days he’s returned to television with a project that tackled many of the same existential questions as Lost, but without the pressure of being one of the most-watched shows on television. On HBO’s The Leftovers, the questions are the point, and Lindelof says it’s refreshing to not have to promise the viewers any answers.


Alien, Inception, And More Reimagined As Traditional Ottoman Paintings

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It never fails to amaze me just how many out-of-left-field ways creative fans come up with to remix and riff on their favorite movies. We’ve seen animated gifs designed to look like custom neon art. We’ve seen Lucasfilm and ILM employees take sidewalk art to the next level. And now? Now we can see what classic science fiction films such as Alien, Inception, and A Clockwork Orange would look like if adapted into traditional Ottoman-style paintings. See if you can guess which one this is.